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Spicing up your fish fillets with science
AIC
Scientists seek to improve health benefits of rainbow trout using dietary coriander oil along with vegetable oil to improve fatty acid composition in the fillet. The health benefits of consuming omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as EPA and DHA are well established. The primary sources of these fatty acids in the human diet are through fish and seafood. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, are studying new methods of improving the fatty acid composition of farmed fish.
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Web consultation — CFIA food safety regulatory modernization
CFIA
New and important legislation — the Safe Food for Canadians Act — has been passed. Now, the CFIA must review all existing regulations in order to bring the Act into force. CFIA is making progress on a number of key initiatives that will enable the Act to come into force, including inspection, regulatory and labelling modernization as well as proposed imported food sector product regulations. All of these initiatives are interrelated and complementary. To be successful, they require your engagement and feedback.
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Tortoise Torte finishes the race first
Guelph Mercury
A dreamed-up doughnut that melds together chocolate, caramel and pecans has earned its inventor $10,000 and the knowledge he beat out 63,000 entries in a Tim Hortons contest. Toronto's Andrew Shepherd was crowned the winner of the Duelling Donuts competition recently. The 39-year-old dubbed his creation The Tortoise Torte, which won against the runner-up doughnut The Oreo Borealis.
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Ready-to-cook dinner kits that cost less than takeout
680 News
Sarah Michaelson no longer wonders what she'll be having for dinner. Her meals are delivered to her door. She signed up with Blue Apron, a company that ships ready-to-cook dinner kits last fall. Michaelson and her husband, Phil, pay $59.94 a week to have six uncooked meals sent to their home every week. Blue Apron’s kits are filled with everything needed to whip up a meal, from the raw meat and fish to spices and vegetables. Recipes, with step-by-step instructions and pictures, are included.
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Wal-Mart opens first Supercentre in NB
CBC News
New Brunswick's first Wal-Mart Supercentre opened recently in Saint John, prompting cheers from some shoppers and fears from others worried about local food producers. The Saint John store features produce grown in the Maritimes in a new grocery section. It's the latest Supercentre to open as Wal-Mart Canada tries to compete with Sobeys and Loblaws, which owns Atlantic Superstore.
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Rooftop farming gains high ground in Montreal
The Globe and Mail
Nothing's more down to earth than farming, but a new urban farm in Montreal is inspiring designers to think of growing in the clouds. Lufa Farms, on the roof of a commercial building near Montreal's Marché Centrale, is a 32,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse that's producing more than 453 kilograms of vegetables every day, all year round.
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Reselling retail: U.S. grocery giant Trader Joe's suing Vancouver 'pirate'
CTV News
Michael Hallatt has never worked harder for what he says is less money, re-selling someone else's products. For a year and a half, Hallatt has made frequent trips across the border, spending almost $350,000 stocking up on goods at U.S. grocery giant Trader Joe's, and then re-selling them at his Vancouver store, Pirate Joe's.
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How much can you save shopping around for groceries?
Ottawa Business Journal
We all know food costs are spiralling, but how much can you really save if you shop around? I don't go comparison shopping as much as I should. I tend to stick to one supermarket for name-brand packaged items such as cereals, tea and coffee, while regularly visiting a smaller grocery store for fresh produce such as meat, fruit and vegetables. I suspect that's just how grocery stores like it.
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Maple Leaf Foods gets back to basics with sale of Rothsay
The Globe and Mail
After more than 30 years, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is getting out of the animal parts rendering and biofuel business to focus on the basics of selling meat and bakery products to consumers. The $645 million sale of its subsidiary Rothsay to Darling International Inc. of Irving, TX, includes five rendering plants in three provinces as well as a biofuel factory in Quebec.
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Blueberry crops 'melting away' from fly infestations
Global News
Researchers in Nova Scotia are trying to stay one step ahead of an oncoming wave of destructive fruit flies. The population of spotted wing drosophila is spreading across North America after hitting western Canada and much of the United States. Last week, David Percival spotted one of Colchester County's first of the season. He says the fly can quickly devastate entire fields.
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Loblaw made bid for Shoppers in 2011
The Globe and Mail
Loblaw Cos. Ltd., which is offering $61.54 a share to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp., initially bid much less — $45 a share — for the drugstore chain in early 2011. Loblaw increased the bid to $48 a share a few months later, but talks fell apart in June of that year partly because of the grocer's concerns about the effects of generic drug reforms, which have eaten into drugstores' profits and forced them to cut costs and shift strategies.
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Food, beverage stores hardest hit by retail sales drop in June
CBC News
Strong retail sales in May followed by the effects of the Alberta floods and a labour strike in Quebec led to a drop in Canada's June retail sales of 0.6 per cent to $40.1 billion, according to Statistics Canada. Food and beverage store sales took the biggest hit, declining 1.2 per cent in June.
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Spicing up your fish fillets with science
AIC
Scientists seek to improve health benefits of rainbow trout using dietary coriander oil along with vegetable oil to improve fatty acid composition in the fillet. The health benefits of consuming omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as EPA and DHA are well established. The primary sources of these fatty acids in the human diet are through fish and seafood. Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, are studying new methods of improving the fatty acid composition of farmed fish.

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Chocolate research has sweet rewards
University of Guelph
It's a chocolate lover's nightmare: chocolate that melts before you get a chance to enjoy it. So what's the solution to this sticky situation? Researchers in U of G's Department of Food Science are developing heat-resistant chocolate. In hot climates, it's especially difficult to keep chocolate from melting during transportation. "India is the big market that the chocolate companies are going after right now," says Terri Stortz, a PhD student in food science working with Professor Alejandro Marangoni.

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Ginger takes strong root in adult beverage menus
Technomic
Ginger is making an incredible splash into Top 500 restaurant cocktails and mocktails this year, rising above most other flavors in terms of year-over-year growth in mentions on menus. Ginger root comes from the Zingiber plant, which is traditionally cultivated in South Asia, East Africa and the Caribbean. As a result, several ginger-flavored beverages are tropical Caribbean drinks, such as Bermuda's national drink, the trademarked Dark 'N' Stormy.
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Cheating the taste buds: The flavour challenge of salt, sugar and fat reduction
Food Navigator
Sugar, salt and fat reduction have topped the research agenda for most large food companies for years — but when it comes to replicating the flavour of these crucial ingredients, it's still early days. Technologies for producing low salt, fat and sugar products that taste similar to their full-fat, salt and sugar counterparts have multiplied, but developing replacers that taste exactly like the ingredients they are intended to replace has proven elusive.
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Researchers: Chewing gum may help the mildly depressed
Confectionery News
Chewing gum may reduce symptoms that occur when people are depressed such as loss of appetite and flatulence, say researchers. The study published in the journal Appetite said that chewing gum may help relieve symptoms of those suffering from mild and moderate depression like gastrointestinal disturbances, but will not necessarily improve their mood.
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What makes sourdough any more 'real' than other breads?
Food Navigator
September is set to be the month of sourdough in the U.K., with The Real Bread Campaign gearing up for Britain's first national celebration of the bread. But what makes this bread any more "real", anyway? Sourdough recipes replace the usual processed yeast with a fermented "starter." This takes about five days to develop, and the process can be helped along by the use of natural yogurt's friendly bacteria.
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Subway preps for garlic bread roll-out
Food Business News
Subway Restaurants will begin rolling out new garlic bread in September. The bread is expected to be available for a limited time only. The garlic bread will be made fresh daily at Subway restaurants and will be sold both hot or cold. "We love to treat our customers to new versatile flavors that complement the submarine sandwiches on our menu, hot or cold," said Tricia Hetherington, director of R.&D. for Subway.
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Making a blueberry plant that packs a healthy punch
Farm Focus
A scientist at the Atlantic Cool Climate Research Centre off Brookfield Road in St. John's (Newfoundland & Labrador) is working on making a champion blueberry plant — one with high production, large fruit and, most importantly, high levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants. Samir Debnath has looked at different blueberry plants and figured out what he likes about each.
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